We recognise the importance of a healthy environment and steward a nature-positive approach to the management, conservation and restoration of land, water and biodiversity. Our environmental responsibility is to understand and avoid or minimise environmental impacts and contribute to the resilience of, and positive impact to, the natural environment at every stage of our operations.
Our role in responding to global challenges is set out in our position statements on Climate Change and Water Stewardship and our approach to environmental management in the Our Requirements for Environmentand Climate Change standard. We also have company-level public environmental targets and longer-term goals for water, biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions and report publicly on a range of indicators in metrics, which are available on our website.
We identify, assess and control risks in accordance with the Our Requirements for Risk Management standard and work in partnership with others to contribute to a resilient environment.
What this means for you
You must understand the potential environmental risks, threats and opportunities, of the tasks you perform in accordance with the Our Requirements for Environmentand Climate Change standard. You must also understand environmental regulatory requirements relating to the tasks you perform and look at ways to avoid, minimise and rehabilitate impacts to air, water, land, cultural values and biodiversity, including greenhouse gas emissions. Where actual or potential environmental events occur, including non-compliances with environmental regulatory requirements, you must report these in BHP’s Event Management system, regardless of severity.
Those who work with us are encouraged to actively contribute to improving our environmental performance and comply with our environmental requirements, including at an Asset level. Refer to the Our Requirements for Environment and Climate Change standard or speak to your primary BHP contact for more information about our environmental requirements or any suggestions you have on how we can improve environmental stewardship.
• Immediately stop any work that may contribute to a significant environmental or community event such as an accident, incident, spill or release of material.
• Report any actual or potential impact to the environment or communities from an environmental event to your line leader or 2Up leader (don’t assume someone else will report).
• Identify, understand and comply with any environmental and regulatory requirements that relate to your work, including any land disturbance, water, air, biodiversity, dust, noise and waste management requirements.
• Identify, assess and take steps to avoid and minimise adverse environmental impacts associated with your work and take opportunities to improve environmental performance.
• Encourage those who work with us and our customers to minimise their environmental impacts and take opportunities to improve performance.
• Operate in a location or way that is not in accordance with the Our Requirements for Environment and Climate Change standard, local regulatory requirements, or site environmental procedures.
• Undertake work that has the potential to impact on the environment unless you are trained and competent to do so and controls are in place to minimise environmental impacts.
• Engage contractors, suppliers, customers or joint venture partners without an assessment that takes into account their environmental and community impacts, risks, controls and performance.
Q: Our waste is disposed off-site by a licensed waste facility that is audited by our regulators. Do I also have to review their performance?A: Yes, you should review the performance of all suppliers to ensure they manage their environmental performance appropriately. Direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts and their associated risks and controls need to be assessed by BHP. This includes environmental impacts associated with our direct operational activities, impacts from others as a result of activities on which our operations rely and impacts from others that may increase the severity of our own impacts.
Q: When it rains, I have noticed overflows of water from site to a neighbouring creek. What should I do?A: Report the issue as an event, seek advice from your site environmental personnel and make operations aware of the issue. An investigation will need to occur to determine whether there are any potential impacts from the overflow to the creek or surrounding environment. Reporting the issue as an event will also ensure any regulatory agencies are notified if appropriate, an analysis of the incident, root causes, preventative actions and learnings are disseminated, and any required corrective actions can be completed.
Q: I notice the way we are doing our work has the potential for dust emissions and other environmental impacts. I think there is a better way of doing it that could result in lower emissions. What should I do?A: We are always looking to minimise adverse environmental impacts and maximise opportunities for positive environmental outcomes from our activities so raise your suggestions with your line leader or 2Up leader. You can also check with the site’s environmental team that your suggestions are in line with regulatory permits.
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How to speak up
If you have questions about Our Code, speak to your line leader, 2Up leader, Ethics and Investigations, Compliance, Legal, Employee Relations advisor, HR Business Partner or contact EthicsPoint. Anyone who works with us, on our behalf, or is associated with us, can also access EthicsPoint.
Online: EthicsPoint online
Phone: EthicsPoint Telephone